12/27/16 AT HOME SLEEP STUDY WITH PORTABLE MONITOR
As more people are becoming familiar with the term Sleep Apnea and the connection it has on overall health, more health care professionals are choosing to include Home Sleep Studies in their practices.
Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which a person has one or multiple pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing may last for several seconds to minutes. They also occur frequently over the period of sleep. If left untreated OSA can contribute to:
• A worsening of High Blood Pressure or other heart issues
• Increased risk of heart attack, stroke and A-Fib
• Daytime fatigue
• Possible development of Type II diabetes
• Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
• Post-surgical and Medication complications
As regular participants in your Oral Health, the Doctors of High-Tech Dental are also concerned about your overall health and wellness. During your regular exam, our Doctors will also be looking for signs of excessive tooth wear as this can be an indicator of sleep apnea. During your medical history review you should be sure to mention any of the following symptoms:
• Witnessed episodes of breathing that has stopped for many seconds/minutes and resumed
• Excessive daytime sleepiness
• Morning headache
• Loud snoring
• Dry mouth upon awakening
• Abrupt Awakenings that include shortness of breath
• Focus and attention concerns
• Irritability issues
If you are concerned that some or all of the above listed symptoms apply to you or a loved one, it is very important to follow up with your Health Care Professional. A Sleep Study may be indicated to diagnose the presence of sleep apnea. An at-home Sleep Study, using a portable sleep monitor, allows the patient to sleep in their own bed while recording multiple areas that will help to determine if Sleep Apnea is present. At-home Sleep Studies will usually record airflow, respiratory effort and blood oxygen levels. As dentists administering Sleep Studies we are also concerned with Bruxism (teeth grinding) and take readings of the related muscles. Our Doctors partner with Sleep Physicians to determine what type of treatment would be most beneficial to the health of a patient with diagnosed Sleep Apnea.
Some practical ways you can take action immediately if you suspect sleep apnea in your life include; lose those excess pounds, get moving – 30 minutes of moderate activity most days is a good goal; avoid certain medications like sleeping pills and tranquilizers as well as alcohol; try to stay sleeping on your side to help keep the tongue and soft tissues of the throat from blocking the airway; and quit smoking.
Have the conversation with your Health Care Provider today! Take charge of your health!